Unit 4 Development Through the Life Stages

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Life stage | physical | Intellectual | Emotional | Social | Conception | The egg cell travels from the ovary, along the fallopian tube towards the uterus. | This can be influenced by the mother and fathers health, this involves whether they take drugs or if they have use of alcohol. | If the mother is feeling stressed this could have an impact on the unborn foetus. | If the mother and father drink alcohol and/or take drugs this can have a huge impact on the quality of the sperm and egg cell. It will also affect the foetus. | Pregnancy | By 6 months the baby starts to move | Responsive to voices and sounds | The baby can feel emotion if the mam is feeling upset or stressed. Talking to the baby or even playing music will comfort the baby whilst it’s in the womb. | | Birth and infancy 0-3 years | A newborn baby is able to listen to noises and voices around them; this helps them recognise the voice of the carer and others. The baby will grasp objects or a finger in which they will put in the palm of their hands. The way babies communicate and by showing their scared is they will straighten their legs and throw their arms around. By 6 months they will be able to pass objects from hand to hand, by 9-10 months they are able to crawl. | Learn that when they cry someone will come to see them. From about 9 to 12 month’s babies begin to follow the gaze or pointing gesture of an adult. Adults label objects so the baby has to figure out which object the word applies to. | At birth, infants can feel interest, distress, disgust and happiness. Between 2 and 6 months their range of emotions lengthens, including anger, sadness, surprise and fear. During the first year of life babies go through emotional stages. Between 6 and 10 weeks a social smile can occur by other pleasure, sounds and actions, this could include cooing and mouthing. Laughter begins at around 3 or 4
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